Though it had opened a few weeks back, this was a quick pit stop on the way to another show but somehow this one stuck around. It is the mixed media work of the artist, Alexander Kaletski, that the clever take on the phrase “Handle with Care” gets a whole new treatment. His paintings are done to integrate seamlessly and with wry gravitas on cardboard boxes that may contain those recognizable words. There was a Made in Spain with a matador in full stance which the flattened box used to hold bottles of Rioja wine. This Side Up depicts a funeral procession and pallbearers. Mr. Jameson is a cheeky statement on the infamous potent potable. However, the eponymous named piece of two lovers in a Kama Sutra like position which poises the question, what is being handled with care here? The thoughtful and comical take at times is clearly just a primer for the riff on the titular phrase. The graphical style and illustrative nature of the images fit well to capture your fancy then the subtexts are there on what matter that requires handling with care. Kaletski engages you with his stark take on the subject but handles your art inclined eye with the outmost care. For that alone, you must take a gander carefully to see this show.
Alexander Kaletski: Handle with Care
On View: October 24 – December 20, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat (10 am to 6 pm)
Anna Zorina Gallery. 533 West 23rd Street. NYC, NY 10011
Text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
Art images from Anna Zorina Gallery courtesy of the artist